Monthly Archives: February 2011

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10 Quick Green Tips

  1. Reuse Cereal bags – Shake out the cereal and use them to store chips, snacks, even leftovers. Just clip closed with a binder clip
  2. Wash your dishes in a basin – Instead of filling the entire sink with water, put a basin like this one or a large bowl in the sink and wash your smaller dishes in that. You’ll save more water than filling, emptying and refilling the whole sink.
  3. Timers – Putting timers on your lights and other electronic equipment isn’t just a good way to thwart burglars, it’s energy-efficient too!
  4. Keep a bucket in your bathroom – Put it under the shower to catch the water as it warms up. Then use that water later to clean up, or water you plants or pets Continue reading
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DIY Hot Oil Treatment

I got this great idea from fellow blogger and naturalista Yoli Ouiya after meeting up for tea and coffee one day. (She has beautiful locs by the way). I’ve done oil rinses before, and I’ve made my own deep conditioners, but it had been ages since I actually did a hot oil treatment. Yoli made two great suggestions. Don’t use more than 1/4 cup of oil, unless you have really long hair and apply most of it to a wet scalp, pulling the excess through your strands.

Here’s what I did: Continue reading

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Why I Put Foil in the Dryer

Now, obviously, the green thing to do is to hang all of your clothes dry. And…well.. I’m working on it. Right now I would say about 30% of my wardrobe gets hung dry. (It’s more of a scheduling issue really). However, if you’re using a dryer and looking for alternative and cheaper ways to get rid of static cling and leave your clothes smelling fresh, here’s some ideas for ya. Continue reading

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Hot Water Doesn’t Get your Clothes Clean

Want to be more eco-friendly? Want to lower your heat or gas bill?

Wash your clothes in cold water. Seriously.

About 85% of the energy used to wash clothes goes entirely to heating up the water. Not the movement of the drum or even turning the thing on take up as much energy as heating the water pouring into it. Most clothes don’t require hot water to clean them. It’s true. We still wash the sheets and towels and dirty rags in hot water, but everything else gets washed in cold.

Hotter water doesn’t get the ring around the collar out of my husband’s shirts. Soap and a scrub brush does. Heat doesn’t Continue reading